Come to the office in San RafaelCall (415) 234-0191
Evening and weekend slots are available so you don't have to take time off work.
[$200] I check that it is really safe for you to apply to become a US citizen, help with the forms, include an attorney form so I can be with you through the process, and give you a "mock interview" close to the time to make sure you are ready. I recently naturalized, so I know first-hand about the experience.
Whatever you decide, please consult with a lawyer before applying.
[$450] For adjustment or a fiance visa or I-751 lifting of conditions, we prepare a full packet with good evidence giving the service exactly what they need from you. And guide you through a stressful time. For consular processing we go step by step. And I will be with you through the stress of the process, as the attorney of record. Of course "no extra fee for an RFE."
Many issues can be resolved in a single $50 consultation.
Otherwise, for smaller tasks - I-130 applications, I-131 re-entry permits, and more the fee is $150. For complicated work, I use the hourly rate with an agreed cap. No large fixed fees.
[$100 renewal/$150 initial] One benefit of also working in a nonprofit is that I do many DACA applications. We get it right, however long it takes to prepare a complete packet.
I also welcome "health check" consultations with undocumented people to make sure you stay safe
[$450] If I can help, I will. Victims of crime don't need the added stress of an immigration crisis. Because these cases take a long time, I only accept a few at any time.
I came to the US through the business route. And I understand that you often need more advice than you can get from an emmployer's attorney.
Also entrepreneurs (and students with dreams) find it very useful to discuss their plans and get a reality check about their concerns. Often this can take just a single consultation.
Check to see if your country has an investment or trade treaty with the US.
930 Irwin Street, Suite 218
San Rafael, CA 94901
I see new clients Weekdays, 9 to 6. Please call first. And Saturdays by appointment.
If you need to see me at another time, I will try to arrange something - particularly if it means you don't have to take time off work.
Most people come to the office. But if you are too far away to visit, much can be done remotely through phone/Skype, email and other internet communications. I cannot attend an interview with you, but most other tasks are possible.
Immigration is Federal Law. That means you can get advice from any immigration lawyer who is licensed in the United States. I give consultations over Skype to clients across the United States and beyond. From Europe through the Middle East to Hong Kong.
My fees are the same for distance clients as for people who come to my office. I recommend you only request a $50 consultation in the first instance. If more work is needed, I will roll that fee into the total cost of the work.
Full "ask me anything" Skype consultations can be just like coming to the officeEmail firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course it is. And the best way to show that is to involve family at every stage. At the wedding, with letters of support, and in the photographs you include with your application. Moms and dads, uncles and aunts don't get involved in immigration fraud.
If you have a receipt number, then the status check tool on the USCIS home page should be your first destination. Sometimes it is not accurate - INFOPASS can help. And if everything seems lost, then you can make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
If a "child" in your application has reached 21, all may not be lost. The CSPA may help. If you are a citizen, then a child immediate relative's age is frozen as soon as your application is in the system. Otherwise, work out how many days USCIS took to approve your case. Then add those days to the child's date of birth. And that gives you the "adjusted" birth date to use.
This requirement causes most people problems. You have to have income higher than the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If you need a joint-sponsor this explanation of the consequences of being a sponsor in California will probably help.
If you (or the person with the hearing) is a child, feel free to call. Otherwise I'm sorry but I cannot help. You can check when your hearing is and your status by calling the EOIR hotline.
I will talk with you about the merits of your case and whether you have other options. If you are in the Bay Area, your destination should be the Asylum Program at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.
Before you pay money, either to the government or to a lawyer, be warned that some of the categories have long wait lists, and for some oversubscribed countries, that wait time is impossibly long. You need to consider both the date published in the Visa Bulletin, and how fast the date is moving forward. Here is one good online tool for checking when your date might become current.
If your spouse originally came on a visa, then you may be able to fix things in a few months and help him/her adjust status. If your spouse came across the border without inspection (EWI) then a waiver will be needed - and this is difficult but can be done. If your EWI spouse came here before age 16, then DACA and advance parole might let them adjust.
Did you file on time (120-140 days before expiry)? If so, call USCIS customer service. They may be able to help. Otherwise, beware of the advice you get. DACA is executive action, not a traditional immigration benefit.
I am an attorney based in San Rafael, California. And I am an immigrant. I came to the United States in 2000. 13 years later I became a citizen. I am licensed to practice law in California. And I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA).
Here is my California State Bar record
I speak fluent French, a little Spanish and Portuguese, and even less Kreyol.
law191.org is my private practice. I believe in access to law for everyone, so my fee scale is carefully designed to reach everyone. Think of me as a legal GP.
I am also the immigration attorney at the Brazilian Alliance in San Rafael. You are welcome to work with me through them if you prefer. The fee structure is the same. The quality of the service is the same.
I graduated with a JD from King Hall, UC Davis School of Law in 2012 and passed the California Bar later that year. At law school I was nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr Service Award for my work with long-term women prisoners in Chowchilla.